IPL Launches 2018 Summer Research Fellowship

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About the fellowship

The IPL Collaborative Research Fellowship is a summer experiential training program supported by Stanford’s Vice Provost of Graduate Education. It offers outstanding doctoral students the opportunity to actively participate in research projects with close advising and mentorship from IPL faculty and staff. The Fellowship supports students in learning and participating in the full scope of the social science research process: research design, grant writing, data analysis, article composition, journal submission, response to reviewers, and publication-related outreach. Fellows may propose a specific project of interest, or may opt to be matched to existing IPL projects, working in a close-knit environment that offers continual intellectual interaction between faculty, post-docs, and fellow graduate students. In addition, fellows participate in regular training seminars conducted by faculty, staff, postdocs, and former fellows on a variety of topics. Fellows often have an article or multiple articles emerge from this innovative summer program, and have the opportunity to continue collaborating with IPL during the academic year.

Previous fellows’ accomplishments include:

  • Publication in Science
  • Publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Co-PI status on a $20,000 grant
  • Completion of a nationally representative survey experiment on attitudes toward refugees in Jordan

Previous fellows have worked on a number of innovative IPL projects, including:

  • Developing a matching algorithm to improve employment outcomes for refugees and asylum-seekers
  • Scalable messaging and framing to reduce anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States
  • Using data and human-centered design techniques to restructure refugee resettlement in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s leading resettlement agencies

Some of IPL’s current projects include:

  • Designing and evaluating refugee co-sponsorship programs in the United States
  • Creating a tool to identify recipients of Temporary Protected Status who are eligible for status adjustment, which will aid state agencies and non-profits in providing legal services while creating a survey sample to track long-term outcomes
  • Understanding how naturalization impacts economic integration by analyzing de-identified credit card transaction data
Training Seminars

Throughout the summer, IPL faculty, staff, postdocs, and advanced graduate students offer training seminars to the Stanford community. Topics will likely include:

  • Coding in Teams: Best practices for collaborative data analysis
  • Project management fundamentals
  • Advanced Qualtrics Applications: Offline App and Conjoint Experiments
  • Immigration Research, Technology and Ethics
  • How to Train Enumerators
  • Bridging the Gap: Applied Social Science and Theory
  • Making Science Make Sense: Communicating Research to the Public and Policymakers
  • Publishing Process: How to publish in general interest journals (i.e., Science, PNAS,) and field implications
Fellowship Terms

The IPL Collaborative Research Fellowship is a part-time summer experiential training program. Fellows are expected to complete the equivalent of one month of full-time work throughout the entire summer, but they have a flexible schedule to accommodate their own independent projects, travel, and/or field work. Regular attendance at weekly lab meetings and training seminars is required while actively working. Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer, and up to $1,000 per fellow is available in research funds to support pilot projects.


Applicants must be a currently enrolled doctoral student in any of Stanford University’s seven schools. They must have taken a minimum of two quantitative statistics courses, be familiar with causal inference, and have an interest in immigration policy. First- and second-year students are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

The application form for the IPL Collaborative Research Fellowship can be found here.

Extended Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 20, 2018. IPL Collaborative Research Fellows will be announced by April 30, 2018.

Please contact IPL’s executive director, Duncan Lawrence (dlawrenc@stanford.edu), with any questions (Subject: IPL Summer Fellowship).